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Children and the Arts

Working within The Arts Development Company are professionals in arts education, enabling and setting up projects, working with artists, advising schools and organising bespoke training.

"...Expressive arts is a key route through which children develop language and physical skills." Dame Clare Tickell report 2011: The Early Years: foundations for life, health and learning.

Outcomes for children and young people involved in arts and cultural opportunities include:

  • Personal, social and emotional wellbeing
  • Raising achievement and aspirations
  • Arts knowledge, practical skills and critical appraisal skills

How we work to achieve these outcomes:


Artsmark is Arts Council England's flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation.  Hannah Baker currently delivers Artsmark training in Dorset.

Any school, college or youth justice organisation in England can apply for Artsmark.  Artsmark is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. The current Round for Artsmark application is now open but prior to applying please feel free to call Hannah for advice and to see full information about Artsmark please visit: Artsmark (opens in a new window)

Arts Awards

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

To find out more about Arts Award visit: Arts Award (opens in a new window) and to find your nearest centre or to have a chat about training to deliver Arts Awards please contact Rosie Russell from the The Arts Development Company, who is also an Arts Award Moderator.

Project Management

We also work in partnership with other artists and organisations facilitating and managing arts projects. For example, we are currently working with  The Dorset AONB (opens in a new window) Team on the South Dorset Ridgeway (SDR) Project designing and delivering the Laboratory of Outstanding Stuff (LOOS) in collaboration with Gobbledegook Theatre. This is an in-school installation set up and manned by experienced actors to teach and inform primary age children about the culture, history, geology and archaeology of the South Dorset Ridgeway.

"The first day there was a buzz of excitement around the school as the children eagerly waited for their turn in the 'tent'. The input from the 'professors' was hilarious!  They were able to put across some amazing facts about the South Dorset Ridgeway in an energetic and appealing way - giving the children just enough information to whet their appetites.  At the end of the day the children were full of questions and were desperate to return to school the next day so that they could find out more. I would definitely recommend this installation as a wonderful 'wow' moment to inspire and engage pupils on the topic of our local area." (Headteacher - Burton Bradstock Primary School)

Several schools have already experienced the delights of the Laboratory and if you are interested in booking the LOOS project for your school, please speak to Hannah Baker.

Children and Young People's Cultural Education Hub

Hannah Baker and Rosie Russell from The Arts Development Company lead the Children and Young People's Hub of Dorset Arts Together.  The hub works collaboratively on outcome based projects including cultural commissions with other organisations eg Synergy Housing in formal and informal education settings with 0-25 year olds across Dorset.  Participation in the hub is open to all - within and outside the cultural sector.  We coordinate training - safeguarding, mentoring, cultural commissioning; Together we signpost creative careers opportunities and pathways,  run creative careers events and coordinate creative internships and apprenticeships.  Termly meetings are scheduled to deliver training and case studies, to network and develop collaborative projects.  

Creative Apprenticeships

Working with The National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural Skills (opens in a new window) we can help you find an apprentice or intern for your cultural organisation.

We manage grants that are available to support your business to have an intern or apprentice through the Creative Employment Programme (opens in a new window).
£2,500 towards paying the salary to an intern for 6 months (you pay £2570)
£1500 towards costs of an apprentice for a year (you pay £2759, or £1259 if you've not had an apprentice before)

Contact Rosie Russell to find out more.

Short Breaks

" It was beautifully choreographed and we had seats that were just 3 rows back from the dancing. The dresses were beautiful and the music was really nice as well. The whole evening was a night to remember". (The Nutcracker performed by Ballet Theatre UK at Corn Exchange, Dorchester)

'...and as we dropped the children back at school one mother thanked us for the lovely evening that she'd had!'

The Arts Development Company is one of nine Short breaks for children and young people who are disabled providers in Dorset providing breaks for parents of disabled children by organising exciting activities in safe settings with dedicated care and support staff. We organise arts and culture activities involving childrens theatre, dance, art or drama workshops, after school arts clubs for children in mainstream schools with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and support the Special Schools in organising arts based after school and weekend trips for children with physical or learning disabilities.

We also work in partnership with Artz+ Sportz+ organising joint arts activities for children with disabilities aged 5-18 across Dorset.

If your school has a high number of SEND pupils who you think would benefit from an after school art or puppet club, please contact Joanna March, Arts Information Officer, for details of funding and artist involvement.

Schools Bespoke Training and Skills Development

If your school would like any kind of bespoke training for teachers, T.A's and support staff in aspect of arts and culture please don't hesitate to get in contact. We have established relationships with quality artists who have experience of working in schools and can organise practical and fun training to fit in with any areas of the curriculum.

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